Study Abroad in New Zealand

About Southern Cross Language Institute

SCLI is a small, private language school, located in Merivale Christchurch, close to the centre of the city.

It was established in 1987, in conjunction with the schools of the St Catalina Gakuen in Japan, to provide an intensive one-year course in English for their students and also for independent students. To date, more than 1000 female students have graduated from SCLI.

The school year runs from April until March, to coincide with the Japanese academic year.

Up to 50 students enrol each year, the majority being 16 and 17 year olds, who return to their Japanese high schools on the completion of the course. High school graduates can also be accepted for enrolment.

Student holding the Lamar Prize
Nanako with the Bringing English to Life prize
japanese exchange students studying together in a group
Studying in a group

Southern Cross prides itself in being able to offer the highest quality education in all areas of the English language, while at the same time providing a safe and supportive environment for young women to experience study abroad.

Our graduates return to Japan to achieve not only academic success but also recognition in the field of leadership within their school community.

We Offer

Small classes of no more than 18 students

Well qualified and experienced ESOL teachers

Carefully selected host families who will treat the student as a family member

Complete pastoral care with the services of a school advisor

A safe and relaxed environment in which to work and play

A certificate awarded on graduation.

Exam preparation classes e.g. TEAP


We Offer

Quality Assurance

SCLI is an NZQA category 1 school. This means the New Zealand government has given it the top-quality rating for English schools. Please follow this link to our latest report.

SCLI is a signatory to the Code of Practice. Copies of the Code of Practice (in English and in Japanese) that provide information for international students and their families can be found here:


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